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Assam Governor and Chief Minister attend Amrit Plantation Drive in Chandubi
Guwahati : Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma advocated for a collective action
to create a pro-planet impact for generating sustainable economic opportunities.
Speaking at the Amrit Plantation Programme launched at Chandubi in Kamrup district
on June 8, Chief Minister Dr. Sarma said that a collective action on the part of everybody in the society
is the need of the hour for the preservation of forests not only for individual and social needs but
also for economic needs. He said that contribution from all the stakeholders will create conducive
climate for generating sustainable economic opportunities.
He said that around 20 per cent of the forest land in Assam is under encroachment and an
adverse affect of it is being faced by all. He said that people are destroying hills to construct their
Spelling out the steps taken for the preservation of forest lands in the state, the Chief
Minister said that in the last two years by launching eviction drives in Lumding Reserve forests,
Pabo Reserve forest, Burhachapori Wildlife sanctuary, Orang National Park, 61375 bigha lands
have been freed from encroachments.
The Chief Minister said that State government is working to increase the total forest cover
from the existing 36 per cent to 38 per cent. It is not in Summer alone, on all 365 days, concerted
efforts will be taken to plant more saplings, save trees and protect the forest from being encroached
upon. He also called for Jan Bhagidari for massive plantation.
The Chief Minister during his speech also announced that on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti
on October 2 this year, State government would plant one crore saplings. Everybody to participate
on the occasion would get Rs. 100 as a token of gratitude to look after the saplings planted on the
occasion. After three years if the plant survives, the person will get another Rs. 200. He said that to
create a forest centric parallel economy, State government has taken steps to encourage plantation
of commercial timber like sal, teak etc.
Governor, Assam Gulab Chand Kataria who also graced the occasion also released two
books titled ‘Towards Natural Farming’ and ‘Rare and Threatened Plant Species of Assam’ along
with the Chief Minister. First lady of Assam wife of the Governor Anita Kataria, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs and a host of dignitaries were present on the occasion.